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Los Gatos Chiropractic and Wellness Center

December 2013 Newsletter

Image Attribution: © Flickr CC - "Romantic Nights" 2012 by Kelly Hunter

Our newsletters and website are written to provide you with tools and information you need to pursue better health. We invite you to contact our office with any further questions (408) 891-8222.

-Dr. Kate Fox and Dr. Jessie Young


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Are you wondering what to do with all those "old toys" that your kids have outgrown... before the onslaught of "new toys" make it into your home this holiday season? 


Please support our efforts during the month of December. We are teaming up with Second Chance Toys, and accepting donations of your USED toys until 12/22. 


Second Chance Toys is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation founded in 2006 to rescue and recycle plastic toys for children in need by donating them to community organizations. Because non biodegradable plastic is kept out of our landfills, Second Chance Toys is helping the environment at the same time. 


They accept plastic toys (they don't biodegrade in landfills) that are clean, are in working order, and have no missing or small parts (cannot fit through a toilet paper roll). They will also accept battery-operated plastic toys. Please check that the batteries work or include fresh batteries with your donation, as the recipients are not in a position to buy replacements.


Please drop your USED TOYS off at our office before Sunday, December 22nd.


Fitness + Sports

Pediatric Concussions


Excerpt from our full article 


Head Injuries in young children:


Concussion is taking a spotlight in the media currently due to a number of tragic events both in professional football and high school sports. Better equipment, rule changes and prevention are all admirable goals. But more awareness needs to be given to the diagnosis and management of concussion and the misunderstandings surrounding this topic.


Concussion is very common in young adults and some studies say that up to 1/3 of high school athletes will suffer a concussion. Even with that number, concussion often goes unrecognized and undiagnosed. This is dangerous because a child with a concussion is much more susceptible to a second injury. Some studies put this at four times more likely to get a second concussion before full recovery. This susceptibility and the resulting damage is called Second Impact Syndrome and carries with it a 50% mortality rate. Therefore, it is extremely important to get a diagnosis and allow for full recovery.



What to look for?

Signs and symptoms of concussion are usually broken up into three categories: physical, emotional and cognitive. These could include headache, nausea, dizziness, confusion, irritable, nervousness, fatigue, forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating. The presenting symptoms may come from any of these categories and have a very wide presentation among different injuries. Loss of consciousness is actually uncommon for someone with a concussion and may indicate severe intracranial injury. Do not let absence of any particular symptom rule out a concussion.

Diagnosis, Treatment and Recovery, and Returning to Activity

Resources for Coaches and Parents:  

CDC Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports:
From our Kitchen 
Curied Carrot Soup
Image Attribution: ©Flickr CC - 2009 by Joyosity


  • 8 ounces white beans (canned or soaked overnight)
  • 4-6 C broth
  • 2 TB oil
  • 1 minced onion
  • 2-3 cloves garlic; minced
  • 1 TB sage; chopped (a little less if dried)
  • 1 large butternut squash; peeled and diced (4 C)
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch of kale

Heat the oil in a large pot and saute the onion over medium heat until translucent. Add garlic and sage. Drain beans, transfer to pot, and add broth to cover. Bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer and cook about 1 hour until the beans are tender.

Add squash and broth to cover, return to simmer for another 30 minutes until the squash is tender.

Tear kale into bite sized pieces, ladle soup into serving bowls and add kale. You can add the kale to the entire soup pot but it will cook and become tender. I add it bowl by bowl because my family likes their kale crunchy!


From the kitchen of Dr. Jessie Young


Image Attribution: ©Flickr CC - "Cranberries" 2007 by Liz West

Cranberry Raspberry Sauce 

Cranberries will protect the cardiovascular system and the anthocyanins (healing molecules) can also protect your bladder and kidneys 

  • 2 (12 ounce) packages of cranberries
  • 1 (12 ounce) bag of frozen raspberries
  • 1 (10 ounce) box of frozen raspberries (usually has sugar water)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice

Prep Time:  15 min

Cook Time:  40 min


Simmer in 4-quart pan with lid for about 20 minutes until sauce thickens.

Serve either hot, or chill then serve.

It's delicious on anything!



Material in this newsletter is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any condition. It is not a substitute for medical care and is not intended to address individual situations and needs.